Certain Blacks

Providing performance opportunities for new, emerging and established artists of the highest quality and supporting the growth of diverse artists.

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Certain Blacks is an arts development organisation formed to support the growth of diverse artists. The organisation presents performance, live art, music and theatre and the creative voice of our diverse society. Our philosophy is to provide performance opportunities for new, emerging and established artists of the highest quality.

The organisation aims to challenge the norms of performance and what is seen as diverse. Certain Blacks presents art from the margins into the mainstream.

Svalbard - Braintown, commissioned by Certain Blacks

Why we joined Without Walls

“Certain Blacks are excited to be a new member of Without Walls.  The organisation is dedicated to supporting and developing diverse artists and commissioning new work.   Without Walls is a leading commissioning and touring organisation with outdoor arts. We hope that through our membership we can support the exciting work that the organisation presents and support new, diverse artists to work outdoors.   The organisation is based in Royal Docks in Newham, East London and it is our hope that we can bring outstanding outdoor arts to our community and other diverse audiences across London. We look forward to working with partners, including GDIF,  to develop, produce, and present new Outdoor Arts to our audiences.”

Clive Lyttle, Artistic Director of Certain Blacks

Certain Blacks

Certain Blacks - Ship Building

Ship Building explored the post-pandemic nation and the idea of being “British” following Brexit and Black Lives Matters building on the famous song by Elvis Costello made famous during the Falklands War.

The festival programme presented new work for the Royal Docks and venues across East London conceiving a programme that includes circus, outdoor arts, live arts and music delivered as part of a festival in 2021. The research programme included a site-specific immersive performance, as well as elements of live online streaming.